SOFTWARE,FUTURE TECH,COMPUTER VISION
Datawiza | September 19, 2022
Datawiza, the industry's leading cloud-native access proxy for securing applications, today announced a new integration with Microsoft 365 that allows businesses to deploy multifactor authentication (MFA) for mission-critical Oracle business applications. By creating a no-code, secure bridge between Oracle applications and Microsoft 365, the Datawiza cloud-native proxy enables Microsoft 365 customers to quickly extend the power of Microsoft's modern Identity and Access (IAM) solution, Azure Active Directory , to Peoplesoft, Oracle E-Business Suite, JD Edwards (JDE) and Siebel – in minutes.
Datawiza: Modern Access Management for Hard-to-Secure Applications
“Thousands of enterprises today run on business applications that don’t always support modern security protocols,” said Dr. Canming Jiang, Co-Founder & CEO of Datawiza. “Corporate boards are demanding immediate action to eliminate vulnerabilities, but replacing mission-critical applications like Peoplesoft, E-Business Suite, JDE and Siebel would take far too long and cost too much. Our cloud-native proxy helps organizations extend their investment in these solutions by enabling modern capabilities like MFA and single sign-on in less than five minutes, helping them quickly respond to new security requirements, such as the need to meet cyber insurance requirements or establish Zero Trust Application Access.”
“Microsoft is passionate about helping businesses protect their identities, applications, and data. “Datawiza is a partner in our Secure Hybrid Access program. Their fast, secure solution helps our customers take advantage of the multifactor authentication capabilities built into Azure AD (now part of Microsoft Entra) to protect their portfolio of critical Oracle business solutions. This way, they can get even more value from their investment in Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Entra, our family of modern identity and access solutions.”
Sue Bohn, Vice President of the Identity and Network Access Customer and Partner Experience Team at Microsoft
Multifactor authentication adds an additional layer to application access, requiring users to prove their identity with more than just a username and password. When a user signs into an application, the system requires a second authentication, such as scanning a fingerprint or entering a code received by a smartphone. MFA is built into Microsoft 365, which includes Azure AD, but it relies on modern security protocols, such as SAML or OIDC, which Oracle and other legacy applications don’t support.
The lightweight, cloud-delivered Datawiza platform relies on super-lightweight, cloud-native and container-based proxies located near the applications they protect. The Datawiza cloud-native proxy is deployed at the front end of the applications to create a bridge between the applications and Microsoft 365. In just a few minutes, Datawiza can be deployed and configured and begin requiring MFA, as well as single sign-on (SSO) and conditional access, to log into any application – from Oracle applications to homegrown applications to open source tools.
The benefits of Datawiza include:
Added security to extend the life of mission-critical investments – Datawiza works in all cloud, IAM and network infrastructures
No-code, so quick to deploy – no security expertise required, no new vulnerabilities are inadvertently introduced
Fine-grained access controls across homegrown, open source and legacy applications, for all environments: on-prem, cloud, multi-cloud, and hybrid
Easily integrated with cutting-edge cloud-native technologies, such as containerization and Kubernetes
Protection for individual applications even if the network is breached
Datawiza, the industry's leading cloud-native access proxy for securing applications and APIs, provides consolidated and continuous risk and trust assessment. Unlike other access management products (e.g., legacy web access managers) that are complex and siloed in hybrid environments, Datawiza offers large enterprises and SMBs a comprehensive, centralized and easy-to-deploy solution that allows every company to simplify access management, save time and increase security. Datawiza was founded in 2018 by security expert Dr. Canming Jiang, a veteran of Shape Security, now part of F5, and cloud expert Cunhao (Alex) Gao, a veteran of Google and Amazon.
Spice AI | September 08, 2022
Spice AI today announced a seed round of $13.5 million for its platform that enables developers to build data driven applications for Web3. Madrona led the round with Australia based Blackbird Ventures, Basis Set Ventures, Alumni Ventures Blockchain Fund, Joe McCann’s new Asymmetric fund, Protocol Labs, IEX Fund, and other strategic angel investors participating, including Thomas Dohmke, CEO of GitHub, who is also joining the board.
“Spice AI is building a developer first platform to create AI/ML-driven applications that harness time series data – a valuable yet difficult to harness data set for any organization. There is no ecosystem out there that is more data rich than Web3 and blockchains, but that area is currently hampered by lack of data access and infrastructure. Solving the data problem in Web3 requires deep domain knowledge and Spice AI is building the infrastructure, so developers do not have to deal with the complexity of building it themselves. Now is the time to build for Web3 and we are excited to be well capitalized to grow the team and address this gap in the market,” said Luke Kim, CEO of Spice AI.
Web3 and Spice AI
While most blockchains are public and open, extracting data from them to power apps and ML is painfully difficult. To get meaningful quantities of useful data, developers are forced to build and operate a massively complex infrastructure which includes blockchain nodes, big data systems, ETL and ML pipelines, data lakes, data warehouses, and query systems. Going one step further, developers must deeply understand the various data sources including virtual-machine logs, and the inner workings and state of smart contracts, across a broad array of blockchains, scaling layers, and dApps.
Spice.xyz, brings this together in a platform that enables developers to access web3 data across chains via SQL over high-performance Apache Arrow APIs. The platform is available in Preview today with Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ethereum Name Service (ENS) datasets with work in progress to launch Solana and Polygon.
“Madrona has invested in machine learning infrastructure and intelligent applications for almost a decade. We see a massive opportunity for Spice AI to provide a developer-first framework and intelligent data sets that unlock insights in blockchain data and enable developers to create intelligent distributed Web3 applications. As part of the financing, Porter will join the Spice AI board along with Thomas Dohmke.
Tim Porter, Managing Director at Madrona
Deeply Developer Focused Founders
Over the last 15 years, co-founder Luke Kim has brought together the best builders and engineers across the globe to create developer focused experiences through tools and technologies used by millions worldwide. Before founding Spice AI, Luke was the founding manager and co-creator of Azure Incubations at Microsoft where he led cross-functional engineering teams to create and develop technologies like Dapr.
Co-founder Phillip LeBlanc has spent a decade building some of the largest distributed systems and big data platforms used by millions worldwide. Before co-founding Spice AI, Phillip was both an engineering manager and IC working on distributed systems at GitHub and Microsoft. Phillip has contributed to services developers use every day including GitHub Actions, Azure Active Directory and Visual Studio App Center.
“Spice AI is building the foundational platform for Web3, so developers do not have to invest in standing up their own infrastructure and in data engineering that is complex and costly, and frankly, hard to get right. Delivering real time insights from time-series data across chains powers intelligent applications being built for a wide range of industries – from addressing buying patterns in e-tail/retail all the way to fraud detection and securities trading. Since our pre-seed investment, the team continues to impress us with the focus and pace of innovation as they build this infrastructure for Web3,” added Aseem Datar, Partner at Madrona.
Spice AI is building an office in greater Seattle with a footprint in Asia and Australia. Check out the positions here - spice.ai/careers
About Spice AI
Founded in June 2021 by Luke Kim and Phillip LeBlanc, Spice AI creates technology to help developers build intelligent apps that learn and adapt. The company has raised 14.5 million in funding since 2021 and is backed by leading venture and angel investors.
AI TECH,GENERAL AI,AI APPLICATIONS
Seeed Studio | August 25, 2022
Seeed Studio, a provider of AIoT Hardware Service Platform, today announced it has joined NVIDIA Metropolis, a partner program focused on bringing to market a new generation of vision AI applications. NVIDIA Metropolis nurtures a rich ecosystem and offers powerful developer tools to supercharge vision AI applications that are designed to make the world's most important spaces and operations safer and more efficient.
Seeed is a reseller of NVIDIA embedded systems and a member of the NVIDIA Jetson ecosystem for edge AI. The company offers NVIDIA Jetson module powered full system and carrier boards, integrating software into AI solutions spanning many industries. Offering a one-stop product experience, Seeed speeds time to market for customers by handling all licensing, integration, manufacturing, fulfillment, and distribution.
Seeed offers the following products and service benefits to AI enterprises that are wishing to take the NVIDIA Jetson edge AI platform from pilot to production. If interested, please sign up using this form.
1 pc reComputer J1010 powered by Jetson Nano module;
1 pc J202 carrier board for Jetson Nano/Xavier NX;
Free custom image-flashing services for 1 pcs reComputer.
NVIDIA Metropolis makes it easier and more cost effective for enterprises, governments, and integration partners to use world-class AI-enabled solutions to improve critical operational efficiency and safety problems. The NVIDIA Metropolis ecosystem contains a large and growing breadth of members who are investing in the most advanced AI techniques and most efficient deployment platforms, and using an enterprise-class approach to their solutions. Members can gain early access to NVIDIA platform updates to further enhance and accelerate their AI application development efforts. Further, the program offers the opportunity for members to collaborate with industry-leading experts and other AI-driven organizations.
"It's a great honor to join NVIDIA Metropolis. "We look forward very much to seeing more AIoT solutions scaling up to bring digital transformation to different business sectors."
Eric Pan, Founder and CEO at Seeed
About Seeed Studio
Seeed Studio has been serving the global developer community since 2008, by providing open technology and agile manufacturing services, with the mission to make hardware more accessible and lower the threshold for hardware innovation. With Shenzhen's vast resources, and trusted technology and distribution partners around the world, Seeed strives to be the most integrated platform for creating hardware solutions for IoT and edge AI applications.